Spartanburg Community College announces the 2017-2018 Lyceum Lecture Series featuring
SCC professors presenting an array of topics including SCC's hybridization efforts
of the Magnolia species that's giving the world new magnolias; the power of promoting
yourself on social media; sexual ambiguity in Shakespeare's works; and linking reality
and fiction in memoir and novel writing. These events are free and open to the public.
In the tradition of the antebellum era lyceum movement, which allowed for the early
dissemination of adult education primarily through lecture, performance, debate, and
discussion, the SCC Lyceum Lecture Series connects the historical relevance of the
lyceum movement to the continuation of lifelong learning in the present day.
"The SCC Lyceum Lecture Series is an opportunity for both full-time and adjunct faculty
to give public lectures sharing their knowledge and expertise of a variety of subjects.
The lectures encourage life-long learning of topics one may previously never have
been exposed to in a class before," explains Emily Grigg, SCC humanities academic
director and series chair. "This year's series will also feature a 'Munch and Meet'
where attendees will have a chance to enjoy a snack and meet the presenters following
The following lectures will be held in the Tracey Gaines Auditorium on SCC's central
campus in Spartanburg from 3:30-4:30 pm:
October - Interspecific Magnolia Hybridization: These Ain't Your Mamas Magnolias
Presenter: Kevin Parris
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Description: Magnolia species occur naturally in North America, Asia, and South America
but are adaptable to other temperate and tropical regions. This lecture will outline
the rich history of magnolia breeding and highlight recent hybridization efforts taking
place at SCC that are giving the world new magnolias.
November - Personal Branding: The Power of Promoting Yourself on Social Media
Presenter: DeLisa Dawkins
Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Description: Social media has now become a standard platform for personal promotion.
These online outlets can contribute to a person becoming highly successful OR can
haunt an individual for an eternity. This lecture explores the arena of self-promotion
through the veins of social media discussing cases in which this approach is seen
in both a positive and negative view. The presentation will also discuss recommendations
and how to improve one's presence online.
January - Sexual Ambiguity in Shakespeare's Works
Presenter: Marshall Evans
Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Description: In The Merchant of Venice and other plays and sonnets, William Shakespeare
pushes the envelope of gender identity. The plays at the Globe Theatre featured boy
actors dressed up as girls dressed up as boys. This lecture will open the eyes of
attendees to view the sexual exploration Shakespeare put on the pages right in front
February - Linking Reality and Fiction: A Focus on Memoir & Novel Writing
Presenters: Tanya Newman & Allison Suber
Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Description: Using the knowledge of two published authors, this lecture links the
ideas of the writing process for both memoirs and novels. The presenters will focus
on the journey of writing a memoir and a novel giving specific ideas on research,
development, editing, and publication. Both authors will present brief readings from
their original works.
For more information about SCC's Lyceum Speakers Series, please contact Emily Grigg,
SCC's humanities academic director, at (864) 592-4297. To For directions or a map
of SCC's central campus, visit www.sccsc.edu/maps/.